The Salvation Army assists more than 14.6 million people with basic social services each year, and our community is fortunate to have the divisional headquarters right here in Peoria. Today, OLLI visited The Salvation Army to learn about the services they provide for the homeless in our community and families in need.
Rich Draeger, Assistant Director of Development, gave a behind-the-scenes tour of the various facilities that are on campus at the downtown headquarters. Many OLLI members were surprised to learn about the variety of services that are available, and the magnitude of community members that utilize the services of the non-for-profit organization.
The downtown campus in Peoria features the Sylvia Fites Family Service Center, a Veterans Outreach Center, a Child Care Center, Family Shelter, and Food Warehouse. Families in need are able to utilize the Salvation Army as an effort to get back on their feet. We also learned that The Salvation Army works in conjunction with other non-for-profit organizations such as The Dream Center, to ensure those in need have an opportunity for assistance.
There are a variety of volunteer opportunities a The Salvation Army, which include: office help for the Christmas Center, assistance with the toy shop, serving of holiday meals, and basket distribution. Community volunteers and donor generosity is truly what makes The Peoria Salvation Army succeed. To volunteer or donate to the Salvation Army, click here.